The Catholic University of America


Current and Upcoming Groups

Unless otherwise noted, therapy groups require a pre-screen meeting with the group co-facilitators before joining. Most groups close to new members mid-semester and will re-open to new members at the start of the next semester. For more information, interested students can contact the Counseling Center.


Summer 2018


Positivity at the Pryz

Mondays, 12-1 pm

Pryz 203

Co-facilitated by Amy Furhmann, M.S., M.A.;  Laura Herron, M.A.; and Jess MacIntyre, M.S.


Understanding and developing your strengths can help you live life to the fullest! Positivity in the Pryz is a weekly drop-in group designed to help you maximize your enjoyment of life through a series of self-explorations and activities. Topics will include mindfulness, personal strengths, gratitude, forgiveness, savoring, humor and more! Those who attend will learn to embrace the things that make each day fulfilling and the future feel a little brighter. Open to the Catholic U community!

Status: Begins on Monday, May 7th. No pre-screen needed, and all are welcome to attend!


Shine Group

Wednesdays, 3:10-4:30 pm

Co-facilitated by Jess MacIntyre, M.S.; Amy Fuhrmann, M.S., M.A.; and Laura Herron, M.A.


Want to feel 10/10? The Shine Group is designed to help group members improve their social and emotional experiences using a skills-based approach. Group content will focus on specific skills to improve emotion regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness. The group will provide a place for members to learn and practice new skills that can be used in any situation, ranging from adjusting to a new environment to dealing with a difficult roommate (and beyond!).   



Status: Not yet started. Interested students should contact the Counseling Center to schedule a pre-screen appointment with group facilitators. 


Spring 2018


Mindful Living

Tuesdays, 5:10-6:30 pm

Co-facilitated by Kristin Zauel, Ph.D. & Laura Herron, M.A.


This group is designed to improve your ability to connect with yourself and with the present moment. Group members will learn how to let go of worries and fears, experience the present moment with a sense of calm, and increase their self-awareness. Common goals include decreasing stress, depression, or anxiety; improving compassion and concentration; enhancing your enjoyment of pleasant experiences; and achieving more calm and balance in your everyday life.


Status: Completed for the Spring 2018 semester.


The Women’s Empowerment Group

Wednesdays, 5:10-6:30 pm

Co-led by Sarah Godoy, Ph.D. & Laura Herron, M.A.

Fridays, 3:30-4:50 pm

Led by Karen Miller, LICSW & Amy Fuhrmann, M.S., M.A.


The Empowerment Group is a safe, confidential therapy group for female-identified survivors of unwanted sexual experiences. This group focuses on recovery and empowerment, and it is intended to provide a space where survivors can process their experiences, connect to a survivor community, and support each other. Topics are chosen by group members and may include self-care; managing feelings of guilt, blame, and anger; relationships and dating; and spirituality and identity questions.


Status: Both sections have started and are closed to new members for the Spring 2018 semester. 



Thursdays, 5:10-6:30 pm

111 O'Boyle

Co-led by Katie Campana-Scherer, Ph.D. & Amy Fuhrmann, M.S., M.A.


Just as every individual colored stone becomes part of and forms a larger piece of art, the diversity of all individual CUA students contributes in a meaningful way to the campus culture of love, respect, and inclusiveness. Mosaic provides an environment where LGBT-identified and straight students can come together to learn about available resources, discuss various topics related to personal wellness, and build a supportive network with other students and members of the CUA community.


Status: Started and always open to new members.



Understanding Self and Others: An interpersonal process therapy group

Fridays, 3:10 pm to 4:30 pm

Co-led by Katie Campana-Scherer, Ph.D. & Jess MacIntyre, M.S,


Are you interested in improving your relationships with other people? Would you like to become more comfortable opening up to others or managing conflict? Do you experience difficulty asking for help or dealing with criticism? Do you worry about how others perceive you? These are common experiences for many students. If you experience any of these concerns, you may benefit from the Understanding Self and Others group. Topics will vary from week to week depending on group members’ needs and includes a wide range of subjects. This group offers a safe environment in which participants can develop insight about themselves and their relationship patterns, identify and explore feelings, give and receive support and feedback, and experiment with new ideas and behaviors.


Status: Started and closed to new members for the Spring 2018 semester.


Confident Cardinals

Fridays, 3:10 pm to 4:30 pm

Co-led by Mark LaSota, Ph.D. & Jess MacIntyre, M.S,

 Do you experience nervousness or awkwardness in social situations? Are you bothered by meeting new people or speaking in front of others? The Confident Cardinals group is based on scientific research and has been developed to assist students with social difficulties learn to cope with anxious thoughts and feelings and become more comfortable in social situations. Students can learn and practice specific social skills in a small and supportive group setting, all while building the social confidence that will enhance their college experience!


Status: Started and closed to new members for the Spring 2018 semester.


Cross-Cultural Conversations*

Wednesday, March 21st, 12-1 pm in Pryz 203

Tuesday, April 24th, 12-1 pm in Pryz 327

Co-led by Mark LaSota, Ph.D. & Jess MacIntyre, M.S,

This discussion group for international students is an opportunity to meet others with similar experiences and strengthen social connections. Join the Counseling Center and the International Student & Scholar Services for lunch and learning about campus and community resources!


Status: Started and always open to new members.


*Mosaic and Cross-Cultural Conversations are drop-in groups and do not require an intake or pre-screen to attend. All are welcome!